Unless you majored in 17th century Scottish history, you probably have no idea who The Duke of Perth was. But all you really need to know is that the name serves as inspiration for one of Chicago's two Scottish bars, a place that represents everything that's great about the Highlands.
The Duke offers a true pub atmosphere with no TVs or loud music to detract from its scenes of Scotland, antique clocks and original tin ceiling. Mid-twenties to middle-aged locals converse with ease at the mismatched tables; a goat head sporting a sailor hat peers over the narrow front room while a dear head wearing a police cap keeps watch above the bar, surely waiting to witness a serious offense...like someone ordering a Miller Lite.
At $5 each, you'll find nine brews from around the UK and a couple of American beers (Point Special Lager and Summit) on draft. Try a pint of Scotland's clean, refreshing Tennents Lager or pick a bottle from the colorful chalkboard above the front window. The Duke boasts the city's largest single-malt scotch collection and has a scotch flight menu; single-malt specialists will do well with the $31 Full Monty flight.
The menu pays homage to both famous Scots and the country's history. Order a juicy half-pound Sean Connery burger or honor the birthplace of golf with a St. Andrew's 19th Hole Chicken Club. You can't miss with the traditional Scottish entrees, including a comforting shepherd's pie and salmon and cod patties packed with fresh herbs. Get your fill of some of the best fish 'n' chips in the city on all-you-can-eat Wednesdays and Fridays for $8.95. The lightly-breaded cod fillets come with a heaping portion of peas and homemade chips with strips of skin left on—a meal fit, if not for a king, than certainly a Duke.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Dana Kavan